5G and edge computing: Why these complementary technologies will optimize enterprise businesses

5G deployments are starting to expand beyond the few city-wide showcases of the last couple of years. And new use cases for consumer and enterprises are being developed all the time. But it will take the parallel implementation of edge computing in the next few months for 5G to truly reach its potential.

What is the edge? Where is the edge? How does it benefit 5G? What is the sum of these parts? Can we have one without the other?

These are valid questions as we move from initial limited implementations of 5G towards a future where it becomes essential not just for consumers and lifestyles, but businesses chasing market opportunities. As we move into that future, the defining characteristics

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5G Techritory Talk – Intelligent Connectivity to make 5G a reality

I was invited to speak at the 2020 5G Techritory hosted out of Lativa. Due to the Covid -19 pandemic, the event was a virtual conference. I recorded this presentation to discuss how connectivity requirements.

What type(s) of Intelligent Connectivity is required to make 5G a reality?

In Enabling the 5G Era, Mark will share insights on the necessary steps operators and wholesalers alike need to take to provide connectivity that will provide for todays and future requirements.

Looking back in order to look forward; what does this new decade hold for the wireless industry?

This blog post was originally published on Colt.net on January 7th 2020.

The end of one year and start of another often sees people look back and reflect upon the last 12 months as well as start to think about the year ahead.

This year though, I find myself not only reflecting on last year but the decade that has now come to an end. The last decade saw the way we communicate dramatically change and mobile technology and handsets played a huge role in that. The wide-spread roll out of 5G that is said to come in this new decade will drive further reinvention – so what are the parallels between the last decade and where we are today?

As the ‘Naughties’ drew to a close, we were just a couple of years into the smartphone revolution, with the real growth still yet to come. The latest handset on the market was the iPhone 3G S, which was launched in the Summer of 2009 and ran on the 3G network with a top speed of 7.2Mbps download and only 384Kbps upload.

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5G backhaul requires more symmetry than previous wireless generations

This interview originally appeared in FierceWireless author – Linda Hardesty October 10th 2019.

Backhaul requirements within current wireless networks are largely asymmetrical with most traffic flowing from the core to the handset, according to Mark Gilmour, VP of mobile connectivity solutions at Colt Technology Service. But 5G networks will require more symmetrical backhaul capability.

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The 5G revolution begins

This blog post was first published on Colt.net June 2019.

It’s been a whirlwind few months since I joined Colt, particularly in the last month with speaking assignments at three big events on the future of 5G and mobile connectivity.

First I attended the Big 5G event in Denver, where I was part of a panel on ‘Virtualization & the 5G Cloud’. It was clear from the discussions that the route to full virtualization is underway but there are a number of unresolved questions on how the mobile & cellular network will be fully impacted and the timeline to get there.

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MWC at a glance; are telcos ready for the 5G evolution?

This Article was originally published on the Colt.net blog March 19th 2019.

The dust has settled on another Mobile World Congress (MWC) and what a brilliant event it was once again.

Over 100,000 industry professionals descended on Barcelona in the last days of February for the event that defines the mobile and cellular industry for the year to come.

This year’s theme centred around Intelligent Connectivity, with the event exploring the powerful combination of flexible, high bandwidth networks, IoT, AI and big data.

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We fight for the right to live – A visit to Team Type 1 Foundation.

This week I have been in Atlanta for the Small Cell Forum Plenary meetings looking ahead to the advent of 5G mobile technology.  Atlanta is also the home of Team Type 1 Foundation, the charity for which I am riding the Haute Route Alps in just 4 weeks time.  So I popped into say hello and collect a few things ahead of the race next month.

Amber Medley who is responsible for Elite Racing and Outreach for both TT1 and the pro team Team Novo Nordisk took me for a brief tour of the offices and warehouse where they were getting ready for the elite mens participation in the Tour of Utah.  She shared a little more of the work that Team Type 1 Foundation are doing in their cornerstone programs.

Sustainable Diabetes Program.

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The Sustainable Diabetes Program saves lives in third-world countries by providing glucose meters, test strips and diabetes management education to thousands who would otherwise suffer debilitating complications and early death.

To date, Team Type 1 Foundation have provided the people of Rwanda with 2.2 million test strips and 1,750 glucose meters.

More importantly, the supplies and education have dropped the collective A1C of diabetics in Rwanda from 10% to 8.9%.

That means TT1 are saving lives TODAY.

Global Ambassador Scholarship Program.

The Global Ambassador Leadership Training Initiative makes heroes out of today’s university students with diabetes.

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This scholarship-based program recognizes athletes with type 1 diabetes who are using sport as a platform to educate, empower, and inspire those around them with diabetes via community outreach. And, the awarded funds offset the financial burden diabetes care places on families.

Currently, 130 students have applied for the 2017-2018 school year. It is our desire to not turn any away and to ensure that we can empower each student to become a leader in their community via outreach and leadership development.

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The Team Type 1 Foundation fights for the right to live through a global mission of education, empowerment and equal access to medicine for everyone affected by diabetes.

Your donations go directly to support these cornerstone programs, expanding the reach and breadth of Team Type 1’s influence for good in helping achieve global eduction, empowerment and equal access to medicine.

Thank you for your support. To donate visit the JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/MarksTT1Fundraising

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5G Usecases – Latency & Network Slicing

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog piece for the 5G world series blog regarding developments towards 5G and the impact on the network architecture.

The basic premise of my article is that the new target performance requirements of the 5G new radio specification will open up new opportunities previously not achievable on a mobile network.

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source: GSMA Intelligence Report

In this article I concentrate on just one of those target specifications which is latency or network delay as per the diagram above and the effect on the network architecture.

As a result of the differing latency requirements for differing applications it essentially kills the idea of the current”one size fits all” mobile network architecture with the fixed locations for Cell tower, Evolved Packet Core, and compute process to cater for the different use cases.  The future 5G networks will have to be adaptable, dynamic, and programmable from end-to-end using virtualised constructs.

To read the full post, the original full blog post appears here on the Kinect 365 website.

 

Still trying to keep the fitness up.

I’m sat in the airport lounge in Ottawa Airport watching the snow fall on the runway and the small army of snow ploughs and trucks keep the path clear.  I am hoping that my flight home isn’t delayed.  This week I have been in Canada for a series of workshops and meetings with the engineering teams in Ciena on the emerging technologies for 5th Generation Mobile or 5G.   It has been a very productive week in that regard and the week has been very much a success.  It has however been a lean week for training for the Haute Route later this year.   With just a few months to go, the training and the fundraising has got to increase.

Last Saturday I joined the Rapha Cycling Club on a great day with a tribute to the Milan San-Remo pro’s race by cycling 167km from the London Soho Clubhouse to Hayling Island on the coast. First time this year pushing over the 100mile mark in a single ride and also pushing the climbing total up a little.  It was a fantastic day on the bike and a great group to ride with.

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But then on Sunday evening, after an emotional day at Church, I was heading out from London Heathrow to Canada. After a careful study of the weather forecast for the week, I decided that the safer course of action for this week was not to bring the bike with me.  Temperatures throughout the week of -15deg C and a good amount of snow still on the ground and more falling proved this to be a wise decision.  So training this week was confined to a couple of sessions in the pool and a decent spin on the indoor bike in the hotel.

The training will step up a notch next week when I head out with my brother Chris and our mate Andy to get four solid days on the bike in the hills.

In the meantime, I hope this snow eases up a little as I want my flight to leave tonight.  Lisa and I are supposed to be Tandem Skydiving tomorrow, a 40th birthday present from my mum.  We are not diving tandem together I hasten to add, although the kids have been referring to it as the day we orphan them….